Sunday, June 28, 2009

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Woody Allen’s films are known for their creativity, and he ceases to inspire in his direction of the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Through his prominent incorporation of a narrator during the film, he was able to draw the viewers into not only the obvious actions of the characters, but their feelings as well. By using this inner viewpoint, the audience is able to truly connect with the characters and follow their journey as if it were their own. The most specific instances where the narrator’s presence was prominent generally outlined any dramatic or controversial issues throughout the movie. For example, when Vicky slept with Antonio whilst Cristina was bed-ridden, the narrator immediately informed the audience of the cognitive dissonance that Vicky began feeling. This was a key point in the progression of the movie, for without the incorporation of the characters feelings there would have been no way that the audience would be able to depict the inner struggles faced, or the love triangle that had formed and diminished.

The interesting factor about this directing style is that he was able to specifically connect with almost all of the students who attended the viewing. The experiences that Vicky and Cristina were involved in are extremely similar to that of the students studying abroad. In both instances individuals travel to a foreign country where they are isolated from the ones they love and security of home all the while meeting locals and forming sparks of compassion. Woody Allen’s usage of a narrator amplifies this similarity and creates an explicit connection between the study abroad students and the characters within the film.

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